Wimbledon appoints ex-Paperchase executive Bateman as boss

A former senior executive at the Paperchase stationery retail chain has become the first managing director of London’s Wimbledon Brewery.

David Bateman, who was Paperchase’s chief financial and operating officer, has also made a personal investment in the company, which has a stated mission to become “the premium English beer brand globally”.

Bateman joined Paperchase in 2000 when its turnover stood at around £15 million and oversaw significant growth. It now has over 200 sites internationally and its revenue stood at £150 million when he left in September of last year.

Wimbledon founder Mark Gordon said: “David was absolutely instrumental in the growth and success of Paperchase. 

“He was – and will be for our brand – a tremendous business partner and his retailing insight and business acumen took Paperchase from being a small UK retailer to one with international pedigree and significant growth potential.

“I believe that his skills and experience can add huge value.”

Bateman added: “I believe the Wimbledon Brewery brand – with its current supply arrangements with numerous pub companies and large brewers, retailers such as M&S and Waitrose, and traction with a number of high-end establishments – is set up to exploit both the domestic and international market.”